July 17, 2008

T1 at the Olympics

I'll miss Gary Hall Jr. but the USA will have a T1 athlete at the games.

From http://www.hoinews.com/sports/sports_story.aspx?id=160373


Heart of Illinios fans got a real Olympic thrill this past weekend cheering on Team USA to a pair of volleyball wins over Spain. The American volleyball team put on a high-flying highlight show in front of red,white and blue fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Spain. While area fans were wowed by powerful spikes and precision passes, few of the fans realized one of the American players has type 1 Diabetes.

Kevin Hansen is headed to his first Olympics as a 26 year-old setter from Newport Beach, California. The former Stanford star was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a ten year-old. His status now as an Olympic athlete makes him a great role model for others with juvenile diabetes. A role model Heart of Illinois fans are hoping will soon be wearing a gold medal!